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I had done my first site long before I have shaved for the first time. I'm sure nobody would like to see it again. Especially me.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

Born and raised in Gdansk, Poland. Co-founder and creative director at Cookie.pl.

  What do you do for inspiration?

Insomnia is a pretty good source of inspiration. The best ideas come when turning from one side to the other in bed.

  Please list 3 of your favorite sites.

It's hard to answer. Let me just name those that I remember best for some reason.

www.de-construct.com and google.com - both for great 'keyword' feature.

k10k.net for Wulffmorgenthaler's Daily

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Probably founding and growing my own design studio... It's sometimes hard and weary but I appreciate the freedom I have.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Calculator. I just love to sum up the invoices over and over again haha.

But to be deadly serious: I'm desperately missing Photoshop.

Most of my time I spend on tapping actionscript commands that I don't really understand and sometimes I feel like a webdesign weirdo that is not a graphic designer anymore and not a flash developer yet.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

We are currently finishing the website for Jonathan Schloss - a great New York based architect.

His stunning portfolio includes such projects as renovation of Radio City Hall or the Equinox - restaurant atop of the world highest hotel.

It was a great challenge to create a website that would focus user attention on Jonathan's work, not on the site.

Last year was a very busy one and we would like to finally find some time to clean up our own yard - update portfolio, complete some auto-promotional projects that we have once started.

  Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?

There are many great agencies and naming just 3 of them wouldn't be fair.

  Who is your target audience?

Anybody that has something we like, care for or think his worth our effort. We can die for someone who says he is the best - and what's more - who can prove it.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

A year ago I would say 'creativity'. Now I think that there should be more "true emotions" (whatever it means) behind each project.

  What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

I had done my first site long before I have shaved for the first time. I'm sure nobody would like to see it again. Especially me.

  Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?

Perhaps I should read some before I write my own one. Using paper for spreading my thoughts now, would be a crime committed on Amazonian Forests.

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?

Actually the toughest thing was a pretty small but tricky one.

Last year we were working on the Festival FETA 2005 site. If you take a look at it (with your speakers turned on) you will notice that the navigation is based on a virtual keyboard.

Each key corresponds to the choir sample and the trick was to match tonation and synchronize rollover sounds with the background music, so the sample is played always in tact.

We were short on time, with deadlines approaching fast and we were not sure if we manage to do it till the very end.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Probably not for as long as the calculator but yes.

  What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?

My personal educational background is Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages and culture.

Also none of the webdesigners I know has attended any design/graphic schools.

I think that webdesign relies on solving problems on every step you take in the design process.

You need to think both in an abstract and concrete way. Any school that can teach you this will be as good as any other.

  When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?

Previous contacts and online portfolio.

Cookie is now a year and a half old and to be honest we have spent first 6 month on finding new clients with no effect.

The new brand on Polish interactive market that positioned itself as an 'extremely friendly' one, was hard to accept for large clients that are used to very "corporate" and "professional" agencies.

Finally we gave up and now the clients are looking for us, not we're for them. Luckily we had some satisfied clients that kept us busy all the time and our website was continuously bringing us interesting commissions.

  How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

I've been always learning by working. The only tip I can offer: just try not to repeat the tricks you know - create new ones.

  What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?

Jaguar XJ8 4.2 HIGH

  What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?

The only label that is important in my life: Great bock beer from Gdansk.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

That was a tough joke with that Jaguar, wasn't it hah? (Editor’s note: Well, you had me fooled!)

  It's been a privilege, thanks very much.

Oh, the pleasure is mine.


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